What’s Screening: September 26-October 2

What do jazz, marijuana, and the family problems of Asian Americans have in common? (And you thought it was going to be easy.) Excellent films on all three of those subjects open for all-too-limited runs open today. In fact, everything's good--very good--in this week's line-up. Oh, yes, and the Mill Valley Film Festival opens Thursday … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 26-October 2

Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

Music documentary Directed by Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden People don't recognize the name Anita O'Day the way they do Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald, but as a jazz vocalist she's arguably in their class. She possessed a beautiful voice, a unique and expressive way of making familiar lyrics her own, and a phenomenal sense … Continue reading Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

Humboldt County

Comedy-drama Written and directed by Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs Movies that start as broad comedies and turn serious seldom work. The transition is tricky, especially if you don't layer in enough reality between the big laughs before the drama begins. Yet first-time writers/directors Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs pull it off beautifully in Humboldt … Continue reading Humboldt County